'a silver thread in a ribbon of green'

flowing through Edinburgh

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust works to conserve and enhance the river, its heritage and wildlife: the Trust promotes education and recreation through the Visitor Centre and works with volunteers and community groups to deliver around 300 river clean-ups and habitat improvement tasks annually. 

Operating since 1988, it was the first river charity to be established in Scotland. Support our work by becoming a member, sending a donation or joining the hundred-strong team of volunteers who are involved in projects on the river and in running the Visitor Centre.   

The Trust is a registered Charity (number SC000015). Our work is supported by City of Edinburgh Council’s Services for Communities and Communities and Families Departments.


Latest News

Walkway is fully open from Balerno to Leith – however some areas of path have been scoured out or become muddy following recent high water levels so take care along the route.

The Walkway

13 mile walkway winding through our capital

Visitor Centre

Open daily 10am to 4pm, community café & exhibition

The River

Edinburgh’s hidden natural asset

The Trust

Conserving and enhancing the river since 1988


Join the team and help protect the Water of Leith


Discover more on one of our learning programmes or activities

Featured Events

Tue 9th Jul

Bugs! for 3 to 6 year olds

Hunt for bugs and beasties in the woods and meadows

Thu 11th Jul

Bushcraft for 5 to 10 year olds

Learn the secrets of survival and build you own den
1:30pm -3:30pm

Tue 16th Jul

Stick! for 5-10 year olds

STICK – the most useful and fun thing in the wild, probably.

Latest News & Blog Posts


Its time to slow the flow!

As the Water of Leith experiences another flood event – is it time to look at green infrastructure solutions to ‘slow the flow’ throughout the catchment


Another busy year of action on the river and at the Centre

Our news feed is often full of photos of volunteers on tasks or young people out learning on the river …


BioBlitz at Coalie finds 264 species!!

BioBlitzers ready to survey at Coalie Park

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